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Do you offer the computer classes in the summer? Such as the Excel, Word and Power Point classes?

Battle of the Cupcakes

On Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 AM, test your baking skills in our Battle of the Cupcakes. Bring three delicious cupcakes for our panel of judges to evaluate on both taste and presentation.

Your cupcakes should be from the same recipe so our three judges are all tasting the same thing. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in the following three age categories:
  • Tweens (Ages 11-12)
  • Teens (Ages 13-18)
  • Adults (above age 18)

[cupcakes with a reading list by shimelle is licensed under CC BY 2.0]


Have some books that I no longer want or need. Would the library have any interest in these. Bill

Manga Drawing Contest 2012

Starting June 18 enter our Connect Your Summer 2012 Manga Drawing Contest and you could win some great prizes (a special 'thank you' to Chou Anime Cafe for donating). Last day to enter is August 3. Prizes will be awarded for 3 different age categories: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th grades. Plus 3 prizes for those who best represent this summer's badges.

Contest Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted by students entering 5th–12th grade. Winners will be chosen in three divisions: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th
  2. Three additional winners will be chosen for drawings that best represent the theme of our Connect Your Summer Badges. Pick one to creatively represent:
    • Be Well (health and wellness)
    • Chow Down (for foodies and cooking enthusiasts)
    • Conquer It (an opportunity to take on a challenge)
    • Curtains Up (for music, theater and the arts fans)
    • Game On (sports and games of all kinds)
    • Geek Out (technology and geeky fun)
    • Go Wild (nature, environment and the great outdoors)
    • Hands On (for crafters, makers and do-it-yourselfers)
    • Love It (your favorites)
    • Make Tracks (for pet and animal lovers)
    • Sleuth It (mysteries, puzzles, investigations)
    • Time Travel (history, genealogy and the future)
  3. Drawings can be of anything: a copy of your favorite character, an original character you’ve made up, or a story in comic strip form, but all art must be your own. You may get inspiration or instruction from a book, but please do not copy the images inside exactly
  4. Limit of 2 art entries per person (they can represent different badges, or the same)
  5. All participants' entries, with consent, will be displayed on the CPL website. Note: if you are under 18, it is assumed that you have your parents' permission to have your artwork displayed online
  6. The deadline for all entries is August 3, 2012. Paper entries will be available for pick up after August 11. Last day to retrieve artwork is September 1

You can submit your artwork using the paper entry form (if so, please drop off your artwork in a manila envelope with your name on it at the library), or online here starting June 18.

ID Info
Starting Next Fall.
Submission #1

Sylvan Saturday: Celebrate Summer Learning

Join the folks from Sylvan Learning Center on May 19th from 2:00-3:00 PM for a fun, inspiring, idea packed event to help students come up with activities to maintain their learning skills all summer long. Summer is the perfect time for a different kind of learning. This event will feature lots of resources and "giveaways" to keep tweens and teens motivated and excited about learning even once school is out. Register now!

Going Green!

Join us Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM as we explore the act of Going Green! We will have the chance to learn about the plants that are all around us and get to plant a flower of your very own to take home and nurture. This program is open to kids in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade accompanied by a caregiver. See you there!  Registration will begin April 26, 9:00 AM. 

Getting a library card

My son needs a library card. Can I request one online?

e-reader class or computer classes

B It would be appreciated if these classes could be offered at times that are convenient for working adults. Evenings and weekends.

eBook Fever!

We have been feverishly adding new titles to our eBook collection. Almost 1,000 titles for all age groups. They are ready for you to find and check out if you log in with your Canton Library card number before searching. This way you'll have complete access to all these new titles. Try our titles with your eReader! Don't have one? Test drive one of ours at the Help Desk.

Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet on Saturday, January 28 from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room.

What Would You Do If

A murder of crows flew off to the forbidden Impassable Wilderness with the baby brother you were supposed to be watching? This is just the first difficult quandary that Prue is forced to deal with in Wildwood by Colin Meloy (lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists). Well, as you might guess, Prue does elect to sneak into the wilds, followed by a nosy classmate, Curtis. This intrepid duo soon learn they have entered a realm in the midst of violent upheaval. One part of the dark and magical wood is warring with at least one other section. A simple rescue mission explodes into mortal battles featuring incredible creatures and humans as various factions vie for power and control. Honeyed deceit, brutal honesty, and difficult choices force Prue and Curtis to mature quickly. They must tap unknown inner strengths as they risk their lives for a greater cause. Readers rapidly become engaged with all the characters in this eco-fantasy full of twists, turns, and humorous episodes. An unexpected choice at the end leaves one anxiously awaiting Book II in The Wildwood Chronicles. Let's hope Meloy is able to maintain this quality and momentum as the series progresses. This is truly a 'must-read' for all fantasy lovers!

Diwali Celebration

Come celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights at Canton Public Library. The Diwali program is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM in our Community Room. Diwali is one of the oldest and most important festivals in India. The name comes from the Indian word "Deepavali" and the literal translation means "an array of lamps". Diwali falls on the new moon night, so celebrants light lamps to ward off the darkness and to symbolize the removal of spiritual darkness and the onset of happiness and prosperity. Every Indian state celebrates the festival in its own way, but most celebrations include making special foods, buying new clothes, bursting fireworks, and lighting lamps and candles.

This free family friendly event will feature Indian music, dancing, rangoli, sampling of Indian food and the art of drawing henna patterns.

Kindle eBooks Now Available

Rejoice, Kindle users!
OverDrive, our library eBook Vendor, has just launched the long-awaited Kindle compatibility initiative. This means all Kindle users will be able to check out OverDrive eBooks and read them on either their Kindle device or other devices using the Kindle apps. When you check out a Kindle book, the "Get for Kindle" link will prompt you to login to your Amazon account. Specific help page is available to walk you through the process.

Log in to our OverDrive eBook site with your CPL card number to get started.

"Ugly" background (Letter "C" and cross-bones)

I'm seeing an ugly background and can't believe that this is an intentional "improvement"... so wonder if the website has been hacked. The background I see is now light-gray, with a large white "C" overlaying 2 bones in a cross. If it was an intentional change, then consider this email as negative feedback. I much prefer the simple white background.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Where'd you all go? I've been seeing you all summer at the library, and then this Tuesday, you were all gone! The library has been so lonely and quiet, Please come back! Miss Ruth tells me you all started school this week and that's why you haven't been around during they day. Boy. I hope your teachers start giving you lots of homework so you have to come and visit me… or not. I hear homework isn't really that fun. But I hear that Storytime resumes next Monday. That should bring quite a few of my friends back.
Are you like me and can't wait for storytime to resume? You can watch one of our Online Storytimes, or read a story off of Tumblebooks. Both are really fun! I'm counting down the days until you all come back. 3 days and counting! Until then,
Bear Hugs!

Book on hold

I have been on hold for the book Affinity and Affection since May. In the catalog system it shows that it is overdue for the last person who checked it out and a fine has been issued. Is the library getting a new book to replace the old book that hasn't been returned? Should I take the hold off of this book, or just leave it on? Thanks for your great work and our wonderful library! Tonda Shimbo

Connect Your Summer Feedback

Our new Connect Your Summer program reinvented the Canton Public Library's traditional summer reading program. Connect Your Summer simplified and streamlined participation by creating one program for all ages that could be completed singly or as a group, team, or family. While we continue to offer a paper-based format, Connect Your Summer was primarily designed to be completed online—so you could complete your log at anytime, from anywhere—and allowed library staff to provide more meaningful interactions with you through our increased programming and events. Badges could be earned by reading as well as other means. Our overarching mission is "Connecting Your Community," and Connect Your Summer focused on community partners, community events, and shared experiences, with the library serving as the hub.

Because Connect Your Summer is a new approach to summer library programming, we are asking you to provide feedback to help us learn from and improve it:

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us!


Eva Davis, Director

Attended a sneak peek of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

We got free passes to see a sneak peek of the final Harry Potter movie last night. It was epic! Great action, the 3D was used very well, and the pacing was really effective (possibly more effective than in the book itself). I highly recommend it and will definitely be seeing it again. (This photo is of my husband wearing the special edition HP 3D glasses.)

I went to the liberty fest with my friends


Tried goat cheese ice cream.